It has actually taken me quite a long time to discover just how awesome journaling is.
The process of writing my book has meant that I have needed to develop a habit of regular writing.
Trouble was, there was no way for me to track my progress.
I needed a way to track my progress so I reached out to the internet for an answer and found 750 words.
750 words is a website that encourages you to write at least 750 words a day. It tracks your progress every day. What I liked about it is that it awards points for writing each day if you do more than 100 words and you can earn badges for writing on a sequence of consecutive days. It is free to try for 30 days.
Having a target of 750 words every day I decided would help me practice the art of writing.
After all, to be a writer, you have to write.
I will be honest and say that after the 30 day free trial came to an end on 750 words, I stopped using it and have been writing using a combination of Word and Excel since. Sorry 750 words.
The big takeaway from doing a minimum of 750 words a day though is that I started to find that I was actually using the words to organise my head. On mornings when I felt anxious, I would write about why I was feeling anxious, what was triggering it and why.
The amazing thing that has happened as a result is that solutions or a way forward will often leap out of my fingers and onto the page.
It is like the pages organise my world and make it make more sense. If my brain is a jumbled set of ideas like a pile of tangled string, the pages seem to organise them in a logical way that allow me to see my way. A bit like having a torch to light the way on a dark night.
Now that I have seen the benefit of journaling, I shall definitely be continuing.
Do you journal? What do you like about? Have you seen any benefits of doing it? Please share your stories in the comments below.